The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a one-of-a-kind destination with world-class attractions. Boasting marvels such as the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, this emirate is a tourist hotspot and is thus frequented by people from all over the globe. Although the UAE, as a whole, implements strict laws, we all know that Dubai is lenient towards alcohol consumption and this is evident in the number of rooftop bars that have cropped up in the city in recent times. Here are the best rooftop bars in Dubai, UAE, where you can hang out and enjoy the city as it was meant to be.
1. BIBE Rooftop Bar
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
With a wide variety of drinks inspired by places all over the world, BIBE Rooftop Bar is a haven for alcohol lovers! This establishment places great emphasis on its mixology arsenal while offering light snacks such as spicy chicken tikka and smoked beef chorizo quesadilla. It is located at JA Lake View Hotel and features an ultra-modern interior with sweeping views of the city. BIBE also offers organic shishas to go with the upscale but laid-back vibe of the place.
BIBE Rooftop Bar
Address: Exit 13 - Sheikh Zayed Mohammed JA Lake View Hotel - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Website: BIBE Rooftop Bar
2. Level 43 Sky Lounge
The moment you enter the balcony seating dining area of Level 43 Sky Lounge, one of the best indoor lounges in Dubai, you are greeted with the most awesome view of the city. Looking at the iconic skyline silhouette, take a sip of your favorite beverage and admire one of the most fascinating views that Dubai has to offer. The lounge offers its guests indoor and outdoor seating, but most people opt for the outdoors to pair with their sundowner and cocktails. Let the cool breeze and the music playing in the background take you to a place of relaxation and calm.
Level 43 Sky Lounge
Address: Level 43, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: Level 43 Sky Lounge
Opening hours: 2am - 2pm (daily)
3. Skyview Bar
Skyview Bar of the iconic Burj Al Arab is most suited for intimate conversations complimented by the fascinating view of the Persian Gulf. But that isn’t all! The restaurant cum bar is tastefully decorated with the two-tone sea inspired multiple dome ceiling that lends a unique character to the bar and immediately catches your eyes along with the lavish interior design.
Get comfortable and take your first sip of the innovative cocktails that have been inspired from unanticipated places that will entice you to go for another one. The menu is one of a kind, so it’s a place to come, enjoy, and don’t forget to try their offerings.
Address: 27th floor, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: Skyview Bar
Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 3pm - 12am; Fri: 7pm - 2am
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The Vault is an elite bar located high on the 71st and 72nd floor of the JW Marriott Marquis, displaying jaw dropping panoramic views of Dubai. Absolutely worth a visit during happy hour where you can sip your favorite cocktail and gaze through the expansive glass walls.
Head over to this place if you want to taste the finest cigars along with an array of world class whiskey and wine to pair with. You will have a great time at the Vault with the unparalleled and stunning views and awesome products for you to consume.
Address: JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: JW Marriott Marquis
Opening hours: 5pm - 3am (daily)
The Treehouse is an urban rooftop retreat in the panoramic location of the Taj Dubai overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa, Downtown and the Business Bay skyline. Treehouse offers a place for chilling out close to the bustling city with its relaxed seating area and spacious outdoor courtyard.
A luxury lounge, Treehouse is focused in offering premium cocktails concocted using fresh and hard to find ingredients and spirits. The fashionable al fresco night lounge resonates the vibe of the people when the party comes to life with the house music played by their resident disc jockey. Music is not over the top so you can still have those private conversations without the music hindering your tête-à-tête.
Address: Taj Hotel, Burj Khalifa Street, Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: Taj Hotels
Opening hours: 7am - 2am (daily)
6. Cargo Dubai
Take a seat and lounge with a relaxing view of the pier as Cargo unfolds its offerings. At the Cargo you can opt for lip smacking Asian street food and wine and non-alcoholic beverages to go along.
A perfect setting to meet someone new or catch up on old times, or maybe spend quality time with your loved one. The Cargo is a romantic place to spend your evening in its surroundings.
Address: 3rd Floor, Pier 7, Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: Cargo Dubai
Opening hours: 4pm - 2am (daily)
The Bliss Lounge is the picture-perfect dwelling to relax and be refreshed while tasting your favorite cocktails and beverages. With the vivacious Jumeirah Beach Resort in your background and the endless ocean in front of you, this place is idyllic when it comes to refreshment and relaxation intertwined together.
Come early and watch the sun set with its amber hue slowly turning to an ultramarine one. Dance away your stress as the moon radiates its soft light upon you. Take a pick from the extensive wine and spirits menu that offers premium products from the world over for you to enjoy.
Address: Sheraton Dubai, Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: Bliss Lounge
Opening hours: 12:30pm - 2am (daily)
8. Blue Bar
If you are a huge fan of live music and tunes, then the Blue Bar at Novotel World Trade Centre is the place to whet your appetite for drinks, food and entertainment all in one place. Ever since its establishment the Blue Bar has gained recognition for becoming the best place for people to hang out and listen to world music.
If you are a jazz, funk, Motown, Latin, blues or soul music fan, you surely cannot miss this cocktail bar in Dubai. Check out the website to plan your trip to Blue Bar accordingly to rejuvenate your soul.
Address: Novotel World Trade Centre, Happiness Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: Novotel Dubai
Opening hours: 12pm - 2am
9. Crossroads Cocktail Bar
With a tranquil décor that is almost Zen-like, the Crossroads Cocktail Bar in Raffles Dubai serves its well-known signature drink the Raffles Singapore Sling and the Dubai Sling, among other vintage cocktails and international selections.
The al fresco courtyard with pavilion overlooking the luxurious Raffles Garden provides the best ambience to let your stress of the day go, over an array of specialist cocktails and drinks. One can also avail an assortment of fruity and exclusive shisha flavors endorsed by their shisha sommelier.
Crossroads Cocktail Bar
Address: 13th Street Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: Crossroads Cocktail Bar
Hours: Sun - Thu: 5pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 3am
10. Ikandy Ultra Lounge
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Head over to Ikandy Ultra Lounge which is based in Shangri-La Dubai for the definitive experience in lounging. With a stunning location and scenery of the skyscrapers around, the pièce de résistance is the view you can enjoy at this bar alongside the pool of the Burj al Arab, shining like a crystal ornament with the lights twinkling away in the night.
At Ikandy Ultra Lounge, enjoy your evening by the poolside and choose your favorite cocktails and beverages while pairing them with an assorted flavor of shisha and wind down. Famished? Choose from a menu that includes delightful mezze, barbecued meats and tasting platters to satiate your appetite.
Ikandy Ultra Lounge
Address: 108 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
11. Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge
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Have a fun and relaxing time at Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge which is an ideal place if you have the time to go outside the city and watch the sun set as you settle down to lounge in the atmosphere of the Emirati desert while soothing your nerves after an eventful day. An ideal place for tourists to experience Arabic music which is played live in this resort.
Tourists will love the rich Arabian influences in the natural earth tones, the Bedouin lanterns offer a cozy ambience and comfortable chairs and cushions. Shisha enthusiasts can relish their favorite flavors in a calming background and have a heart-to-heart over a drink with friends and family.
Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge
Address: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: Meydan Hotels
See the most majestic view of Dubai’s city center at the Oberoi Dubai Hotel’s Iris Rooftop Bar. Located on the 27th floor, this Dubai rooftop bar is considered to be the most exclusive in the city where top-notch quality drinks and buffet-style food are served. Superb service and a vibrant exterior are inviting during the day and the night when all the lights are up and about. If you are a wine connoisseur, enjoy a great selection from Chile and New Zealand, as well as other uniquely crafted beverages suited to anyone’s liking. A variety of delectable food from chicken and shrimp wontons, sweet quinoa, to tuna tataki and grilled sea bass, indeed, the Iris Rooftop Bar is the place to be for a low key night from exploring the streets of Dubai.
Iris Rooftop Bar at Oberoi Hotel
Address: The Oberoi Centre - Al A'amal Street, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE
Website: Irish Dubai
Opening hours: Sat - Wed: 5pm - 2am; Thu - Fri: 5pm - 3am
Bask in the ambiance of Tamanya Terrace and its tropical interiors, while enjoying a sip of their finest Pina Collada. Experience live music and dance to the best island mixes as you savor their signature beef tiki tacos and coconut shrimp dish. Up your Instagram game and take stunning pictures of Dubai’s finest sky scrappers from Tamanya Terrace at the Radisson Blue Hotel.
Tamanya Terrace Radisson Blu Hotel
Address: Level 8, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City, West Tower, Dubai Media City, Dubai
Opening hours: Sun - Fri: 5pm - 2am; Sat: 6pm - 2am
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
Address: Dubai Media City
Safety deposit box Massage Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay CCTV in common areas WiFi available in all areas Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Outdoor pool Shared lounge/TV area
Tone down your busy week of travel and enjoy the low key bar scene at Estrellas Rooftop. Travelers who are out with their lady friends can come on Wednesdays and join ladies night at Estrellas. Try their signature Mai Tai and Checkmate cocktails. Get the best of Dubai’s nightlife or have a lovely Saturday brunch by the pool for a proper meal before flying back home from a fantastic vacation at Dubai’s finest.
Estrellas Rooftop The Canvas Hotel
Address: Rooftop, The Canvas Hotel, Near Port Rashid, 23 Kuwait Street, Mankhool, Dubai
Opening hours: 7pm - 2am (daily)
15. Xennya Terrace - Rooftop Bar
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Did you know that there is a rooftop bar at Holiday Inn Dubai? If you plan to visit the city, you better maximize your stay and visit Xennya Terrace, a vibrant rooftop bar and lounge that offers the finest cocktails and so much more. Enjoy the bar’s relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere as you sit back under Arabic canopies and enjoy the city’s weather. Xennya Terrace offers top-of-the-line cocktails, fine wines, and exquisite traditional Arabic dishes for lunch and dinner. However, the main selling point of this bar is its shisha packages. You and your friends can enjoy shisha in a variety of flavors that comes with beer, tea, coffee, and soft beverages while enjoying a killer view of the Burj Al Arab and the sparkling city lights of the Dubai skyline.
Xennya Terrace - Rooftop Bar
Address: Holiday Inn Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1, Near Mall of The Emirates - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Website: Xennya Terrace - Rooftop Bar
Opening hours: 3pm - 1am (daily)
16. Sobe Dubai - Rooftop Sundowner
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When you step into Sobe Dubai Rooftop Lounge and Sunset Bar, you’ll surely find yourself awestruck with the pleasant fusion of Middle-Eastern glam and the aesthetics of South Beach Miami evident in the overall look of the place. Being the only rooftop bar at Palm Jumeirah with 360-degree views of Dubai, you will get to enjoy an unobstructed view of the stunning sunset, the Palm Islands, and the skyline while relishing exquisite pre-dinner drinks, snacks, and other Latin American food and beverages.
Sobe Dubai - Rooftop Sundowner
Address: W Dubai - The Palm - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Website: Sobe Dubai
Opening hours: Sat - Wed: 4pm - 12am; Thu - Fri: 4pm - 2am
Dubai hot spots for dining under the sky
Dubai has over the years defied all norms that we were brought up to believe. They’ve created a bustling city with a lively nightlife for tourists to enjoy. So plan your own visit soon!
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